Sport Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae

This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

Holloway vows Blackpool will try to punch above their weight at Stamford Bridge

Ian Holloway evoked Henry Cooper, Sugar Ray Leonard and Herol "Bomber" Graham as he promised to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. It was vintage Ollie, colourful, quotable and thoughtful. Thoughtful? Oh yes.

Millionaire pensioner tried to kill former wife

A millionaire pensioner was facing jail today for attempting to kill his ex-wife after she tried to get a share of his money.

Pakpoom Silaphan's exhbition is a sign of the times

It's the Queen as you've never seen Her Majesty before – painted in white emulsion on an old Coca-Cola advertising sign found in Thailand. Together with other high-profile figures such as John Lennon, Che Guevara, Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali, she features in Pakpoom Silaphan's latest exhibition, which opens today at London's Scream Gallery.

Boxing: When the Gob was mightier than the Mob

A new book examines Ali's victories over Liston – but were they fixed by the Mafia? Not so, writes Alan Hubbard

Waiting for Carver Boyd, by Thomas Hauser

Novels set in the world of boxing are thinner on the ground than publicity-shy promoters, but the past couple of months have seen two published. Though, at a mere 112 paperback-sized pages with plenty of white space, it would be more accurate to describe 'Waiting for Carver Boyd' as a novella.

Still smoking? Mad Men is back on air in America

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Boxing: 'Quietman' Ruiz taps into his inner anger

American veteran says he will produce a show of temper against Haye on Saturday

Harry Carpenter: Sports commentator known as 'The Voice of Boxing'

Harry Carpenter was a gentleman with a microphone and often looked a little lost in the dirty business of boxing.

James Lawton: All champions have to fade sometime, but this pair went out fighting

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Kidney targets 'hard' Triple Crown

Victory over 'hungry' Scots would mark farewell to Croke Park with a trophy

James Lawton: A duel as bewitching as the greatest title fights

Today's Gold Cup decider has all the hallmarks of the greatest heavyweight showdowns

Christopher Walken on life and death in Hollywood

In a revealing interview, the Hollywood legend talks to Arifa Akbar about stealing clothes, his love of cooking and his talent for dancing.

Mark Steel: No escape from the curse of 'easy-listening' radio

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